Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, had hinted that there were instances of corruption during his administration and admitted that he failed to plug all the loopholes.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the former president has been blamed for massive cases of corruption in the country with Diezani Alison-Madueke who served as minister of petroleum resources accused of gross misappropriation of the country’s fund to finance the party ahead of the 2015 elections.
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The Punch reports that Jonathan spoke at the PDP non-elective national convention, which was held at the Eagle Square in Abuja on Saturday, August 12 where he reeled out some of the successes of hid administration.
He noted that there have been reports that due to the corruption in his administration, Nigeria would have been plunged into greater problem if they had won in 2015.
The former president disagreed with the report insisting that his administration provided food security even during the 2012 flooding.
“I learnt that some people said that if the PDP had remained in power beyond 2015, the economy would have been worse. This couldn’t have been the case, because we had a sound economic team in place. “Let us not forget that the great floods of 2012 were a major calamity that damaged homes and farmlands on the plains of River Niger and Benue. “But despite the devastating effects of this natural disaster, there were no food shortages or arbitrary increase in prices, because of what we were able to accomplish with our agriculture transformation agenda, which considerably boosted food production. “If we say that we rekindled hope in our people and regained international goodwill, it is because we pursued a number of policies and programmes that were not only richly rewarding for our people, but were also being copied by many countries across the globe, a few of which I will mention here.”
He said: “Though we didn’t completely plug the loopholes in the fight against corruption, but we did well.
He expressed optimism that the party would reclaim power in 2019 and urged its members to be united and settle their differences amicably.
“Nobody should intimidate the PDP. I believe in the PDP; even God Himself believes in the PDP. Today is August 12, look at the weather. “God wants us to celebrate in the PDP, that’s why there is no rain. We are ready to take over the state houses of assembly, the National Assembly, the states as governors and the Presidency. “It is important we manage our differences responsibly, with an eye on the divine role of the PDP to lead Nigeria to greatness. Let us rededicate ourselves to playing by the rules.
He said: “The PDP is indeed back to reclaim its prime position as the party to lead Nigeria to greatness. As a human institution we cannot claim perfection, but obviously as a political party, our accomplishments as of 2015 far outweigh our shortfalls.
“Let us all ensure that the PDP is renewed in vigour to deliver on its divine responsibility to Nigerians. Let us forget the grievances of the past and look to the future with confidence and optimism. “I urge you to go back to your respective constituencies to promote the ideals of our great party. Let it be known that our party has been born anew, committed to the best ideals of democracy.”
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NAIJ.com had earlier reported that at the same event, Jonathan said that if the PDP takes over power in 2019, Nigerians should not think of hunger.
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